Nitros edge Thunder Cats in KIJHL opener

Dynamite third period leads Kimberley to victory over Creston Valley

Taylor Rocca

The Kimberley Dynamiters used a third-period comeback to edge the Creston Valley Thunder Cats 4-2 to open the 2014 KIJHL regular season at the Kimberley Civic Centre Saturday night.

“We were a little nervous at the start,” said Dynamiters head coach Jerry Bancks following the game. “The second period, [Creston Valley] won a lot of puck battles and kind of outplayed us.

“In the third period, we responded really well and we were the team that we need to be.”

Kimberley product Jordan Roy broke in alone with 8:34 to play, sliding a backhand shot past Creston Valley goaltender Brock Lefebvre to give the Nitros a 3-2 lead that would hold through the end of the final frame.

“I got a nice pass from [Jason] Richter and was lucky to pop it five-hole,” Roy said Saturday night. “It was nice to get the first goal out of the way.”

The 16-year-old Nitro returned to Kimberley after spending some time in Kennewick, Wa. at training camp with the Tri-City Americans. The Kimberley native is looking forward to a strong season here at home and is doing his best to stay focused on employing a strong work ethic.

Roy’s tally capped a third-period Kimberley comeback that started when forward Austin Hancherow made good on a turnover in Creston Valley territory. Hancherow walked in all alone on Lefebvre, burying a wrist shot blocker side to tie the game 2-2.

Marco Campanella added an insurance marker with 6.9 seconds to play, icing the win for the Dynamiters.

“It’s great to have Jordan and Coy [Prevost] back,” Bancks said. “They both played extremely well tonight. They obviously have some things to learn but they’re big, strong, powerful kids. They’re as strong as 20-year-olds and they proved it out there tonight. They won a lot of battles.

“It’s great to help them try to move along to the next level. I know they’re both hoping to play in the Western League in the future. It’s our responsibility to help them along the way.”

Creston Valley ended Kimberley’s post-season in Game 7 of the second round of the KIJHL playoffs last year. This was the first time the two teams met since.

“In this league, every game is going to be a big win,” Bancks said. “I didn’t want them to focus a whole lot on what took place last year. It was a pretty negative final end to the season. I just wanted them to control what we can control. I know deep down inside the guys wanted to take it to them, so it was nice that we did it.”

The Thunder Cats got out to a quick start in the first period. Defenceman Austen Steger threw a harmless looking shot towards the net from the left point that caught Dynamiters goaltender Tyson Brouwer by surprise. The shot eluded the Nitros netminder to give Creston Valley an early 1-0 advantage.

Jason Richter responded shortly thereafter for the home team, wiring a wrist shot home on the power play.

Jaret Bordt deflected a shot from the point late in the second period to break a 1-1 tie, giving the Thunder Cats a 2-1 lead heading into the final frame.

Brouwer made 30 saves on 32 shots to claim the victory for the Dynamiters.

Lefebvre stopped 25 of 28 shots in the loss for the Thunder Cats.

The Dynamiters will look to make it two wins in a row to start the regular season when they host the Columbia Valley Rockies Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.

The Thunder Cats will try to bounce back Sept. 18 when they travel to Golden to face the Rockets.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Jim Webster displays one of the 50 ski chairs he recently purchased from the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR). After around 50 years of use at the Kimberley Alpine Resort, Webster is now selling the chairs for $500 each to raise funds for a local parks project. Paul Rodgers photo.
Jim Webster sells vintage Kimberley Alpine Resort ski chairs for park fundraiser

Marysville resident Jim Webster recently came into possession of some Kimberley history;… Continue reading

Stock photo courtesy Cliff MacArthur/
Double-murder trial in case of Cranbrook couple killed adjourned until January

A trial has been adjourned until January for two men charged with… Continue reading

Cranbrook Community Theatre (CCT) is presenting virtual visits and live letter readings with Santa, from Friday, Dec. 11, to Sunday, Dec. 13. Photo contributed
Cranbrook Community Theatre hosts Santa’s virtual visits and letter readings

Despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, Santa Claus is at large… Continue reading

Hugs and slugs
Second Wave Hugs & Slugs: Stay calm, be kind

Hugs: Huge Hugs for Harriet Pollock for the 35 years of participation… Continue reading

A laboratory technician holds a dose of a COVID-19 novel coronavirus vaccine candidate that’s ready for trial on monkeys at the National Primate Research Center of Thailand. (Mladen Antonov - AFP)
Update: Interior Health reports 66 new COVID-19 infections, 4 in ICU

570 cases are active; 18 in hospital, 4 in intensive care

A coal-fired power plant seen through dense smog from the window of an electric bullet train south of Beijing, December 2016. China has continued to increase thermal coal production and power generation, adding to greenhouse gas emissions that are already the world’s largest. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
LNG featured at B.C. energy industry, climate change conference

Hydrogen, nuclear, carbon capture needed for Canada’s net-zero goal

An RCMP officer confers with military rescuers outside their Cormorant helicopter near Bridesville, B.C. Tuesday, Dec. 1. Photo courtesy of RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey
Good Samaritan helped Kootenay police nab, rescue suspect which drew armed forces response

Midway RCMP said a Good Samaritan helped track the suspect, then brought the arresting officer dry socks

People line up at a COVID-19 assessment centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Toronto and Peel region continue to be in lockdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19 vaccine approval could be days away as pressures mount on health-care system

Many health officials in regions across the country have reported increasing pressures on hospitals

Pandemic has ‘exacerbated’ concerns for B.C. children and youth with special needs: report

Pandemic worsened an already patchwork system, representative says

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Most Read